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Kyodo News Digest: Oct. 29, 2023

People gather near a residential house where the late former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang spent his childhood in Hefei, Anhui Province, on Oct. 28, 2023, following his sudden death the previous day. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.


Israeli PM Netanyahu says Gaza war has entered “second stage”

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday his nation’s military has begun “the second stage of the war” against Hamas by expanding ground operations in Gaza despite growing and widespread calls for a humanitarian truce.

The prime minister said at a press conference that the war will be “long and hard,” as he vowed to rescue more than 200 hostages held by the Palestinian militant group.


Int’l security forum opens in China with U.S. among participants

BEIJING – A major security forum opened Sunday in Beijing with the United States among participants from more than 90 countries and international organizations, while the host China was not represented by a defense minister following the unexplained dismissal of Li Shangfu last week.

The Xiangshan Forum, which Beijing promotes as the Chinese alternative to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, is being held in person for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Rugby: South Africa eke out 1-point win over New Zealand in RWC final

SAINT-DENIS, France – South Africa defended their Rugby World Cup crown on Saturday with a hard-fought one-point win over New Zealand, becoming the most successful nation in the tournament’s history.

By taking a 12-11 victory at a soggy Stade de France, the Springboks have now won all four Rugby World Cup finals they have reached — in 1995, 2007, 2019 and 2023 — and now lead for most tournament wins, one ahead of New Zealand’s three.


Security tight for Halloween in Shibuya, famous dog statue covered

TOKYO – Tight security was in place in Tokyo’s vibrant Shibuya district on Saturday, just days before Halloween, with the famous Hachiko dog statue covered with a white curtain bearing the message that the area is “not a venue” for events.

On streets near Shibuya Station, symbolized by the Akita dog statue, police officers were on alert in anticipation of a surge in Halloween crowds, while young people, whose concerns about COVID-19 have eased, were seen donning various costumes.


Japan survey shows 60% wrongly believe antibiotics can treat a cold

TOKYO – Nearly 60 percent of people erroneously believe that antibiotics are effective in treating a cold, according to a recent survey in Japan, with medical experts warning their misuse and overuse can increase antimicrobial resistance.

Both the common cold and influenza are viral infections, meaning antibiotics are ineffective treatments. The same is true of a sore throat or a runny nose, according to the Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo.


Figure skating: Yamamoto, Sakamoto secure wins at Skate Canada+

VANCOUVER, Canada, Oct. 28 Kyodo – Japan’s Sota Yamamoto won Skate Canada Saturday for his first victory on the ISU Grand Prix series, while compatriot and two-time reigning women’s world champion Kaori Sakamoto also triumphed.

Yamamoto, top after Friday’s short program, came third in the free skate with 168.86 points but his overall tally of 258.42 was enough to edge compatriot Kao Miura, who had a 177.09 on the day to finish with 257.89 at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver.


Handball: Japan men beat Bahrain to seal Paris Olympics spot

TOKYO – Japan saw off Bahrain 32-29 in the final of the Paris Olympics men’s handball Asian qualifying tournament on Saturday, clinching its first summer games berth as non-host since 1988.

Japan led 18-13 at the break at Duhail Sports Hall in Doha, with a string of good saves from keeper Takumi Nakamura helping hold off Bahrain in the second half. Kosuke Yasuhira scored 10 goals to wrap up the tournament in which Japan won all of its six matches.


Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance to offer AI security camera service

TOKYO – Japanese insurance giant Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. will begin offering next month an industry-first security service that pairs cameras and artificial intelligence to detect possible home intruders, according to people familiar with the matter.

The plan comes as the firm seeks to expand from its mainstay property insurance business and move into smart home services.


Video: Anti-war protest in New York


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